In January, the Assembly and Senate—with overwhelming bipartisanship—passed sweeping ethics and campaign finance reform legislation (A.9544/S.6457). But within days, the governor vetoed the bill.
This legislation is an important step toward improving transparency and increasing accountability. It’s supported by “good-government” groups such as NYPIRG, the New York State League of Women Voters and Citizens Union.
New Yorkers are demanding change in Albany. Governor Paterson’s decision to veto this landmark bill was a mistake. That’s why Assemblywoman Gunther voted to override the governor’s veto, and she will continue listening to the public’s call for meaningful change and acting on it.
Assemblywoman Gunther has been named — for the fifth year in a row — to the New York Farm Bureau’s Circle of Friends, and has sponsored the following important farming and agricultural bills:
- A.9226 – Establishes a dairy assistance program that would provide a one-time direct support payment to New York’s dairy producers
- A.9468-A – Establishes a maple syrup assistance program to grow and expand marketing and production opportunities throughout New York State
- A.976-A – Gives responsibility to the state Soil and Water Conservation Committee for development and management guidelines
Assemblywoman Gunther helped pass a law to enact sweeping public authorities reform, stepping up accountability and shedding new light on the more than 700 public authorities operating with startlingly little oversight throughout New York (Ch. 506 of 2009). New Yorkers must know where and how their tax dollars are spent.